Lyndonville reports staff member tests positive for Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 October 2020 at 11:32 am

LYNDONVILLE – The school district has been notified by the Orleans County Health Department that a staff member has tested positive for Covid-19.

The staff member was last at the school campus on Oct. 23, District Superintendent Jason Smith wrote in a letter to the community.

“We have spoken to the Health Department and if your child is deemed a ‘close contact,’ you will be contacted by New York State Contract Tracers and provided with further direction,” Smith said. “If your son/daughter is contacted and is put on mandatory quarantine, please call our school nurse, Mrs. Kurz, at 765-3124.  We will work with your child about being fully remote during the quarantine period. Please note it is not necessary to take action unless you are personally notified by the Health Department.”

Lyndonville is the second of the five school districts to have a staff member test positive. Holley had a teacher test positive last Friday.

Lyndonville hasn’t had any students test positive for Covid so far this school year.

“We are committed to providing our students and staff with a safe and healthy environment,” Smith said in his letter. “I assure you, our building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. I continue to be proud of our staff and students for adhering to the safety protocols we have in place. Our cleaning, social distancing, barriers and face covering are effective in preventing the spread of the virus on our campus. I ask that you please continue to wear face masks, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.”

Lyndonville will continue to have in-person classes five days a week.

“We will monitor the situation closely and will notify you immediately if the Department of Health determines there is a need to close school—right now, this is NOT the case,” Smith said.

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